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London’s benchmark index fell 22 points, or 0.3pc, to 6,726 in early trade after new figures showed a decline in Chinese manufacturing in December. As China is the world’s biggest metals consumer, the underwhelming economic data dragged on London’s mining shares, which in turn pulled the over all index lower.

City analysts forecast the FTSE 100 to climb above 7,000 in 2014 For many stock market experts forecasting what will happen in 2014, the question isn’t whether the FTSE 100 will rise or fall, but how high the index will go. After climbing 14.4pc in 2013, its best annual performance since 2009, to finish at Read More

The FTSE 100 celebrates its 30th birthday on January 3, we take a closer look at the UK’s leading index over the past three decades The FTSE 100 launched on January 3 1984 with a base level of 1,000, replacing the FT30 as the main indicator for the performance of companies listed on London Stock Read More

The launch of the FTSE 100 (FTSE Index: EO100.FGI – news) index 30 years ago signalled a new era for investors creating great wealth as well as causing mayhem. By Martin Vander Weyer Thirty years ago tomorrow, without much fanfare, “the Footsie” entered our national vocabulary. The FTSE 100 index of the 100 leading shares Read More

By Tanya Jefferies PUBLISHED: 10:53 EST, 31 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:02 EST, 31 December 2013 Investors have been cheered by UK shares in 2013 but the question now is whether the FTSE 100 hit an all-time high in 2014? The FTSE 100 has closed the year up 14.5 per cent, while the FTSE 250 Read More

* FTSE 100 up 0.3 percent on Tuesday * Index up more than 14 percent in 2013 * Alpari targets 7,000 by end-March By Alistair Smout LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index closed out its best year since 2009 on Tuesday, inching higher in a shortened session before the New Year break. Read More

* FTSE 100 up 0.3 percent * Index up around 14 percent in 2013 * Alpari targets 7,000 by end-March By Tricia Wright LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s top shares inched higher on Tuesday in a shortened session of trade before the New Year’s break, with the index on course to record its best Read More

* FTSE 100 up 0.3 percent * Index up around 14 percent in 2013 * Alpari targets 7,000 by end-March By Alistair Smout LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s top shares inched higher on Tuesday in a shortened session of trade before the New Year’s break, with the index on course to record its best Read More